Mangham (4-0) at Beekman (0-4), Friday, 7 p.m.
Facing an undefeated opponent for the second straight week, Beekman opens its District 2-2A home slate against the Mangham Dragons.
Friday's 7 p.m. tilt marks the fifth straight away game for coach Tommy Tharp's Dragons, who are ranked No. 6 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 2A statewide poll. Counting the jamboree, Mangham is in the midst of an eight-week road trip while awaiting the completion of stadium renovations. The Dragons are scheduled to play their first home game in Week 8 vs. Ferriday on Friday, Oct. 20.
Mangham's travels have yielded nothing but wins, so far, as the Dragons have taken care of Delhi 33-6, St. Frederick 36-21, Pickering 34-13 and Delhi Charter 23-14.
Beekman is tasked with slowing down Mangham's powerful rushing attack which averages 308.5 yards per game and 7 yards per carry.
Donovan Haynes (79 carries, 580 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Tyler Haynes (32-279-4) lead the way for the Dragons offensively.
Quarterback Adam Eley passes sparingly but effectively, having completed 11-of-20 attempts for 218 yards and 4 TDs without a pick. Also a threat to run, Eley has kept 20 times for 105 yards.
Joe Colvin (5 receptions, 60 yards, 2 TDs) is the Dragons' primary receiver.
Defensive leaders for the Dragons include Austin Twiner (36 tackles, 2 sacks), Brandon Haynes (24 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks), Bradley Cleary (22 tackles, 1 sack) and Andrew Sevier (20 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks).
Off to an 0-4 start, the Tigers made their District 2-2A debut with a 43-0 loss to Vidalia last week.
Coach Wade McDonald isn't trying to sugar coat the fact that the Tigers are overmatched in their new conference after moving up from District 2-1A.
"We're playing in a division that our kids don't have any business being in," McDonald said. "They are holding on and doing the best they can do."
The upstart Tigers were just beginning to make some progress in Class 1A last season, notching their first two wins in school history (Beekman was awarded a third victory on a forfeit) before being reclassified.
"People have to understand, we don't have the same team as last year," McDonald said. "We lost four offensive linemen, a senior running back and a senior linebacker. People just need to relax and be patient. They're going to grow. I wish I could throw them in a microwave and speed up the process. I know that's what everybody wants, but it doesn't work that way."
Beekman is led offensively by Zeb Morgan, who has rushed 24 times for 186 yards (7.8 yards per carry) to go with three receptions for 35 yards.
Among the Tigers' remaining offensive threats are Johnny Gipson (54 carries, 173 yards), Chad Jones (4 receptions, 68 yards) and Ethan White (3 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD).
Defensively, the Tigers are paced by Lucas Lara (53 tackles), Seth Meyers (36 tackles) and Willie Williams (25 tackles).
Beekman visits Delhi Charter next Friday.